Dread Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old dread quotes, dread sayings, and dread proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Dread is a sympathetic antipathy and an antipathetic sympathy.     

Soren Kierkegaard

When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.     

Joseph Joubert

It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.     

Georges Bernanos

If you are dreaded by many then beware of many.     

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

And yet sometimes we become the person we most dread. Or maybe we dread most the person we know we are to become.      

Reif Larsen

 The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.     

Cyril Connolly

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.     

John Locke

When you dread getting up in the morning to go somewhere, you are going to the wrong place.     

Karen Larson-Reuter

There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory — except a great defeat.     

Duke of Wellington

The dread of futility has been my life-long plague.     

Maya Angelou

We dread old age, which are not sure of being able to attain.     

Jean De La Bruyere

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.     

William Gilmore Simms

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.     

Gautama Buddha

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.     

Sophocles

The dread of sin can sometimes in effect drive a person into sin through dread.     

Søren Kierkegaard

The greater our dread of crosses, the more necessary they are for us.     

Francois Fenelon

In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.     

Toni Morrison

Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.     

Bertrand Russell

He is much to be dreaded who stands in dread of poverty.     

Publilius Syrus

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is the dread of something happening, something unknown and dreadful, that makes us do anything to keep the flicker of talk from dying out.     

Logan Pearsall Smith

Do that which you dread and cherish those victories with pride.     

Og Mandino

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.     

Cyril Connolly

When people do not dread authorities, then a greater dread descends.      

Laozi

The greater our dread of crosses, the more necessary they are for us.      

Francois Fenelon

A religious ought to dread more being afraid of poverty than experiencing it.     

Ignatius of Loyola

The world dread nothing so much as being convinced of their errors.     

William Hazlitt

Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown.     

Emile M. Cioran

We dread the future only when we are not sure we can kill ourselves when we want to.     

E.M. Cioran